As we start the New Year, most people will have made some sort of resolutions for creating change in their lives. Sadly though, all those good intentions rarely last. Around only 9 per cent of people stick to them! So what’s the problem with making New Year’s Resolutions? Well, this is something life coaches deal with every day. And as any life coach knows, being too ambitious and failing to identify realistic goals is the most common reason for the failure of those resolutions. In most cases, failing is also counterproductive, deepening the sense that nothing of any value can be achieved.
So as in life, any resolution must be feasible. It’s important to clearly define why the changes will help, how to put them into practice, and how to define success. Losing weight for example is a worthy resolution, but without setting a plan of action, breaking it down to meet clear milestones, and having a clear outcome, (such as losing one stone within three months) then any efforts are doomed to failure.
Commitment is also important, and a positive attitude to achieving goals is fundamental to making any changes in life. Setting negative thoughts aside and replacing them with a positive internal narrative is easier said than done for many, but as a life coach you can help clients to replace those negative future scenarios with more empowering ones. Ultimately, changing the way we think can be far more effective than those resolutions themselves!